As soon as the thrill of the English Premier League’s last day died down, attention turned to the Italian Serie A, where former champions Juventus were in serious trouble, their position in next season’s Champions League being jeopardised, and it would be rare to see Cristiano Ronaldo play in the Europa League.
Juventus were able to sneak into the Champions League with a 4-1 win at Bologna, but Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Verona on a thrilling evening.
After an hour, Marco Faraoni’s effort in the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium wiped out Amir Rrahmani’s opener for the hosts.
It meant that Gennaro Gattuso’s team finished with 77 points, and Alvaro Morata’s brace helped Juventus win, putting them a point ahead of Napoli.
Before Riccardo Orsolini scored a consolation goal for Bologna, Federico Chiesa and Adrien Rabiot also scored.
There was also a lot of drama regarding the Rome-based clubs.
In Pablo Fonseca’s penultimate match before José Mourinho takes over this summer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike in the 85th minute ensured Roma drew 2-2 against Spezia, qualifying them for the Europa Conference League.
With a two-goal disadvantage at half-time, a point would be enough for seventh place, and although Stephan El Shaarawy cut the lead in half, Mkhitaryan came through late for the visitors.
It meant that despite a 2-0 win over Lazio, who ended sixth, Sassuolo missed out on a place in Europe, while AC Milan needed a brace of spot-kicks from Franck Kessie to beat Atalanta by the same score and finish second.
Benevento, who had already been demoted from Serie A, drew 1-1 at Torino, the team that had relegated them to the second flight of Italian football.
Juventus were almost there, but a bit of luck was required to secure a place in the top four. Most notably, Cristiano Ronaldo has been the top scorer in three of Europe’s top five leagues in a single season — he has done so for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and now Juventus.
Since the 2013-14 season, the Rossoneri have been back in the Champions League. It had been a turbulent trip for them over the last decade, but there are no snags this time – one of the most recognised clubs in the world with a rich history is returning to the competition that they once dominated.